Accessing talent


In August 2016, we ran two half day sessions for the National Citizenship Service programme, offering 24 students aged 16-18 an introduction to the accountancy profession. All of the students were from inner-London and from schools with a higher percentage of students from a disadvantaged background.

From that event, we encouraged all attendees to send in their CV if they wished to undertake a 35 hour work placement at our offices. Subsequently we have provided three work placements covering the October and February half term. The experience included a day onsite at a client, attendance at a meeting with a Partner, and practical advice on job applications.

This is a practical demonstration of our commitment to improving social mobility within our profession. We are a signatory to Access Accountancy, an industry wide initiative to provide access to the profession for all, irrespective of social background. I am proud to be a trustee.

From 1 May 2017, all employers with an annual payroll of greater than £3million will have to pay the apprentice levy. This levy can be mitigated by the provision of qualifying apprenticeship training. Government policy is being framed to ensure that there are more access routes to employment, and this is something

that all employers need to consider.

For further information please contact Andrew Sanford on +44 (0)20 7544 8921 or at